Saving the best for last

THIS is really a case of saving the best for last.

There is no doubt that the Courts Inter-District Championship is the most prestigious tournament in the Fiji FA calendar.

The tournament was initiated in the year the Fiji FA was formed which is 1938.

It is also the biggest tournament given that premier, secondary and primary level is also contested alongside the major attraction — the super premier grade.

There is always this uncontrollable urge from teams to win this season-ending tournament for a simple reason — to have the final bragging right of the season.

In a country where football — despite its international ranking — brews some juicy and spicy debate, IDC is a tournament every football enthusiasts look forward to.

With the tournament starting this weekend, here’s a snap preview on the opening four games:

Labasa versus Suva (Pool One clash on October 4 at 2pm, Subrail Park)

Backed by the home crowd, the Babasiga Lions are always a tough side to beat at their den. Labasa has already beaten Suva, breaking the Whites unbeaten run in the national league and proven that they can calm the giants. Suva needs to be in top gear to ensure the maximum points. Whatever the result, Fiji FA will surely prove a winner here.

Rewa versus Nadroga (Pool Two clash on Oct 4 at 4pm, Prince Charles Park)

The Delta Tigers after scooping the Inkk BOG title will head in as the favourites. But giant killers Nadroga has a reputation of silencing the big boys and often come fired up in their opening game. Watch out for the young and dynamic Rewa attackers, they will surely provide a thrill.

Nadi versus Tailevu Naitasiri (Pool One clash on Oct 4 at 6pm, Prince Charles Park)

Newly-promoted Tailevu Naitasiri will taste its first battle in the top flight against a team which prides itself as one of the best in the country. The Jetsetters will be hoping for a goal galore but shouldn’t underestimate the newcomers. T/Naitasiri has added some players with super premier experience in the latest transfer window and is determined to give it a fair go. They have nothing to lose anyway

Ba versus Lautoka (Pool Two clash on Oct 5 at 3pm, Churchill Park)

This should be a cracker. This Western derby is always a joy to watch. The Men in Black may be the favourites but the Blues under Lambert Sarju are proving a side to reckon with. In tournaments like this, game can go either way.